The Woman Who Planted Trees

Bealtaine Cottage

Trees at Bealtaine Cottage

Many people ask if they can visit Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Gardens and I always try to oblige if it’s at all possible!

Young Apple tree at Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardensSome advance notice is welcome, as life on 3 acres on one’s own can get pretty full on at times.

Front garden at Bealtaine CottageLast evening I was called by a friend, who wanted to know if she could bring a neighbour of hers to visit Bealtaine.

Deep in the permaculture gardens at Bealtaine CottageHer neighbour referred to me as “the woman who plants the trees!”

(By the way, it’s a beautiful morning as you can see from the pics!)

Trees in the pond garden at Bealtaine CottageIt’s an odd thing to do really, plant trees…so far over 900 planted!

Stream in the bog garden at Bealtaine CottageOdd, in so far as so few people get this obsessed! Trees change every aspect of one’s life.

Some of the trees planted at Bealtaine CottageAs I sit here typing this blog, the birdsong is magical and very loud!

A Cherry seed grows by an Oak tree at Bealtaine CottageMy childhood was impoverished as far as trees were concerned.

Cherry seedling and Oak sapling at Bealtaine CottageI grew up in…

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14 years of Goddess Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland...drop in, power up! Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer and teacher who has devoted the past 14 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process.

4 thoughts on “The Woman Who Planted Trees

  1. This last few weeks have been a mix of planting trees and cutting some back. In a smaller garden to yourn, yet not so small, the balance of trees has to be managed and enjoyed. Better than the garden just south of here with just grass, nothing but grass, a path straight down the middle and a washing line. Here we have height and depth and hidden wildlife of birds song, of ponds full of creatures, of nature doing the thing nature does best: Living and growing beautifully.

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  2. I, too, am a tree planter. On a smaller scale, of course, as I have only my urban backyard. I am planting a food forest and now have 17+ fruit and nut trees, along with currants, gooseberries, cape gooseberries, strawberries, gogi berries, elderberries, herbs and annual food crops. I live in California and we only recently got a decent rain after 4 years of drought. My “forest” loves it and has become a jungle. And I love it. I stood in the first rain and just let it pour down on me I was so happy to see it.

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